Photo highlights from 2017 Illinois REALTORS® Lobby Day

REALTORS® Tonya Corder, Chris Read and Piero Orsi at Capitol Conference.

Thanks to the hundreds of Illinois REALTORS® who traveled to Springfield today to for the 2017 Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference “REALTOR® Lobby Day.” You make a real difference on the issues important to Illinois homeowners and the real estate industry. See a photo gallery of the day’s highlights. #PowerofR #ILRealtorLobbyDay

About 750 REALTORS® attend luncheons, legislative briefings before visiting State Capitol

With the largest crowd ever expected for the annual Capitol Conference & REALTOR® Lobby Day, members attended three luncheons and legislative briefings, one at Illinois REALTORS® headquarters and two within the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

The Chicago Association of REALTORS® gathered at the Illinois REALTORS® headquarters while several central Illinois associations met in the Lincoln Room at the DoubleTree and all others gathered in the Presidential Ballroom of the DoubleTree. With assistance from association leaders, Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs Greg St. Aubin, Director of Legislative and Political Affairs Julie Sullivan and Manager of Grassroots and Political Programs Neil Malone conducted the legislative briefings.

REALTORS® at the two locations then grabbed bus rides to the State Capitol to meet with their legislative leaders, some planned and some spontaneous.

See photo gallery below.

Neaves named treasurer-nominee for Illinois REALTORS®

Ed Neaves

Ed Neaves, president of the Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS® and an Illinois REALTORS® board member, has been named 2018 treasurer-nominee for the state association.

An Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors vote is expected to formally place Neaves on the leadership ladder later this year. Neave’s selection by the association’s Nominating Committee was announced Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

Neaves is the managing broker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder Real Estate in Bloomington and is committed to fostering grassroots involvement and political advocacy in the REALTOR® community at the local, state and national level.

Neaves has served on a variety of Illinois REALTORS® committees and working groups, with a particular emphasis on political advocacy. He chairs the Federal Political Coordinators Working Group. He was honored with the 2015 Illinois REALTORS® Political Involvement Award for outstanding political and legislative service to the REALTOR® organization.

He is a major investor in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and will be inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame in May. He is the Federal Political Coordinator for U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) and is the State Legislative Contact for Illinois Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington).

Once the nominating committee’s selection is sanctioned by the association’s board of directors, Neaves will join other Illinois REALTOR® leaders in 2018, including Matt Difanis, who will become president; Dan Wagner, who will become president-elect and Doug Carpenter, who will be immediate past president.

Illinois REALTORS® kick off 2017 Capitol Conference in Springfield

Illinois REALTORS® get ready for their annual lobby day in Springfield.

The buses are arriving and more than 750 Illinois REALTORS® will be in Springfield today for the annual Capitol Conference and “REALTOR® Lobby Day.” This year’s event is drawing a record crowd of REALTORS® from around the state.

REALTORS® are leading advocates for private property rights and the real estate industry and they are bringing that message to the halls of the state Capitol. They will lobby legislators on the legislative and regulatory issues that affect Illinois homeowners, commercial real estate and real estate professionals.

Some of the issues on the association’s 2017 legislative agenda include: opposition to a bill that would repeal a 20-year-old law that prohibits local governments from imposing rent control measures; support for a bill that would create a voluntary financing mechanism for commercial, industrial and multi-family building clean energy projects; and support for an initiative updating real estate license law to make education course offerings and testing more efficient.

Learn more by downloading the 2017 Capitol Conference Legislative Issues Talking Points. #PowerofR #ILRealtorLobbyDay

More photos of Goodwin, RPAC Pacesetter VIP event

(l to r) Michael J. Madigan, Daniel L. Goodwin, Christine Radogno, Gov. Bruce Rauner and Lee Daniels.

On Monday evening, the RPAC Pacesetter VIP Event honored REALTOR® and Inland Real Estate Chairman Daniel L. Goodwin and attracted Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and former House Speaker Lee Daniels.

Prior to the ceremony as guests mingled, they took turns posing for photos with Gov. Rauner and Speaker Madigan. Then, Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, President-elect Matt Difanis, Treasurer Dan Wagner and Past President Mike Drews explained to the crowd why Goodwin had been chosen to receive the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the state association.

The event helped kickoff the Illinois REALTORS® 2017 Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day. Check out the photo gallery below.